There is No Such Thing as Information Design

By Jef Raskin, "I am often embarrassed when supposedly technically savvy authors abuse terms such as information, digital, and binary, seemingly unaware of their precise meanings and implications. If our field is to advance, we must, without displacing creativity and aesthetics, make sure our terminology is clear. As a curmudgeon, I am delighted to point out that the popular term, Information Design, is a misnomer. Information cannot be designed; what can be designed are the modes of transfer and the representations of information. This is inherent in the nature of information, and it is important for designers to keep the concepts of information and meaning distinct." Read the article...

Posted by seralat at 03:31 PM on June 11, 2002
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